European spectrum management:expected impact & long term vision Pearse O’Donohue Radio Spectrum Policy Unit DG INFSOAll for Broadband – Broadband for All Conference Budapest, 3 March 2011
General Considerations• 2020 Strategy Growth & innovation• Digital Agenda Broadband Targets• Not just mobile broadband all internal market sectors
Challenges for spectrum policy• Growing demand for mobile data• Development of Digital Television• Interference & Cohabitation• Technological developments• Future proofing our strategy• Licensing legacy
Where is action at EU level warranted?• Fostering technically efficient use• Internal market – economies of scale• Refarming / rights of use• Competition• Stimulating innovation• Cross-border interference
EU action at international level• Coordination with trading partners• World Radiocommunications Conference (WRC)• Standardisation and spectrum management• Basic TV and satellite allocations
RSPP objectives• Sufficient spectrum, on time• Flexibility, innovation and investment• General authorisations when possible• Effective competition• Avoid fragmentation: technical harmonisation; economies of scale;• Avoid harmful interference• Human health protection.
Enhanced efficiency and flexibility• By 2013, where possible, allocation for BB in contiguous blocks of 10MHz;• Foster collective/ shared use of spectrum;• Increased cooperation on standardisation;• Selection conditions and procedures should promote investments and efficient use;• Harmonised tradable bands, guidelines on authorisation conditions and procedures;• Ensure effective use, avoid hoarding
Wireless broadband communications (I)• Sufficient spectrum to support 30 Mbps target• By 1.1.2012, authorisation of existing harmonised EU spectrum should be completed;• By 1.1.2013, 800 MHz band available for BB, except 2015 in exceptional justified cases;• Examination of further spectrum under 1 GHz.
Wireless broadband communications (II)• Encourage use of 800 MHz band in rural areas;• PMSE not to be adversely affected;• Commission to make tradable already harmonised bands;• Commission to ensure availability of spectrum for harmonised satellite BB services.
High speed data growth is not the only challenge• Development of digital television• Interference & cohabitation• Delivery of content vs preservation of platforms• Development of hybrid TV• « Broadband TV »
and it’s not just about broadcasters vs. broadband• Internal Market sectors using spectrum• Transport, eHealth, smart meteting, public safety, wireless microphones…..
Inventory and monitoring of spectrum usage• Review & inventory of existing use and possible future needs• Assess technically efficient/ inefficient uses and sharing possibilities• Future needs based on demand• Review private and public uses; identify bands to assign/reallocate to increase efficiency.
New management models ?• Coordinated approach to usage: - collective use of spectrum - dynamic spectrum access• Exclusive use spectrum / licensed• Non-exclusive use / unlicensed• Member States to apply efficiency and inventory to other bands?
Long Term Vision?• Convergence, hybrid IP or TV• Spectrum scarcity• WRC 2016 – future broadband?• Collective Use / dynamic sharing• Technological developments ??
The Radio Spectrum Policy ProgrammeThank You! Pearse O’Donohue Head of Unit Radio Spectrum Policy DG INFSO